Call it luck, fate or Divine Intervention, but something led me to The Family Virtues Guide by Linda Kavelin Popov. My son was 3 years old at the time. We would sit together, and while he colored pictures from the book I would read to him about caring, cleanliness, friendliness, gentleness, obedience, trustworthiness and other virtues I thought a toddler could understand.
Looking back, I realized I benefited the most from the book’s simple lessons. In addition to learning many virtues that helped me become a better person it taught me the What, Why and How of Moderation. I’m so damn glad I learned the lesson, as I very well could have suffered the same fate as my dear friend, Dave, who recently died from alcoholism.
While Dave was in the hospital I wrote him a short, heart-felt letter. I told him I was in “Awe” of him. I know the word awe is not usually used when referring to an alcoholic, but from the moment we met I had a feeling of “reverence and wonder” for him. He was the most unique, wonderful and lovable guy I have ever known.
The short letter evolved into a two thousand-word essay about our friendship and our journey growing up together. Read In Awe of My Flawed Friend >
Yes, fate was on my side the day I picked up The Family Virtues Guide. As I flipped through the pages it instantly made sense to me that the way to raise good kids is to teach them the what, why and how of Goodness. Fortunately for me I discovered it’s much more than kids’ stuff.
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